BANGOR- As the warmer than normal weather for late January continues, Maine Warden Service officials urge people to be safe on the ice.
Because of the warmer temperatures, engaging in staple winter activities such as snowmobiling or ice fishing is a big risk right now according to officials.
To avoid falling into the icy waters, Maine Game Warden Alan Gillis strongly recommends you to be aware of the thickness of the ice that you’re on.
“You want to know for yourself how much ice you have and the best way to find that out is to go out with a chisel or an auger and actually make a hole in the ice so that you can measure the thickness and know exactly how much ice you have and what kind of ice it is,” Gillis says.
He also states due to the weather many lakes and ponds only have a thin ice cover right now so in addition to checking the ice, make sure to wear a life-jacket and avoid areas with currents.